Vitangcol seeks release
of NBI report on extortion try


EMBATTLED former Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) General Manager Al Vitangcol 3rd called on the Duterte administration to release a supposed National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) report in 2014 which, he said, found no basis to charge him in connection with an alleged extortion try.

During a Saturday forum at Annabel’s restaurant in Quezon City, Vitangcol said, “Ang panawagan po natin dito sa bagong administrasyon e ilabas po itong NBI report…”

(Our plea to the new administration is to release this NBI report.)

“Sumulat na po tayo sa NBI director. Sinabi po ng NBI director, we deny your request kasi confidential in nature. In-elevate na po natin ito kay [Justice] Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre [2nd], dineny po ang request natin for the same reason, confidential report daw po ito. At ngayon po ay in-elevate na po natin sa Office of the President at naghihintay po tayo ng kasagutan,” he said.

(I wrote to the NBI director. The NBI director said, ‘We deny your request because it is confidential in nature.’ We elevated it to [Justice] Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre [2nd], my request was denied for the same reason that it was a confidential report. And now we elevated it to the Office of the President and we are waiting for a response.)

Vitangcol has pleaded not guilty to graft charges before the Sandiganbayan stemming from an alleged extortion try on representatives of Czech company Inekon Group in connection with the contract or transaction for the supply of Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) in 2012 and an alleged request for Inekon representatives to forge a joint venture deal involving the contract or transaction for the train system’s maintenance service. MA. REINA LEANNE C. TOLENTINO

READ: Former MRT3 boss Vitangcol pleads not guilty to graft raps



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